Textile crafts have been a hobby of mine for almost as long as I can remember. It began with plastic canvas and a tapestry needle, and progressed through friendship bracelets and into clothing modification. My mother taught me to crochet when I was seven. I did my first cross-stitch when I was twelve. I’ve dabbled in just about everything—from knitting to embroidery to even nautical knotwork—but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I finally began to combine that hobby with my area of professional study: making lace and then casting it into metal.
By transforming fiber into metal, I emphasize its strength, and by recontextualizing it as jewelry, I emphasize its preciousness. These crafts are heritage; they’re culture; they’re therapy, both physical and mental; they’re warmth and protection and—most of all—they’re important and worthy of celebration.
With the exception of a few select pieces of old stock, each item begins life as handmade cotton lace, which is then cast into metal using the lost wax casting technique: A mold is formed around the fiber, the fiber is burnt out, and then molten metal is cast into the hollow that is left behind. Because this process destroys both the lace and even the mold, itself, each piece is guaranteed to not only be one of a kind, but to be a genuine showcase of traditional needlecrafts.